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Deverbal from wystawić.[1] First attested in the 16th century.[2] Compare Czech výstava, Kashubian wëstawa, Silesian wystawa, and Ukrainian виста́ва (vystáva).


  • IPA(key): /vɨˈsta.va/
  • (Middle Polish) IPA(key): /vɨsˈta.va/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ava
  • Syllabification: wy‧sta‧wa


wystawa f (related adjective wystawowy)

  1. exhibit, exhibition (collection of items to be displayed)
    Synonym: ekspozycja
  2. exhibit, exhibition (place of such a collection)
  3. shop window, display case (large window at the front of a shop, behind which items for sale are displayed)
    Synonym: witryna
  4. exposure (position of something i.e. a face of a building with relation to the cardinal directions)
  5. (volleyball) act of passing the ball to a player who will spike it to the opponent's side of the court (Is there an English equivalent to this definition?)
  6. (obsolete, theater) display; setting (manner of presenting a play)
  7. (obsolete, architecture) porch
    Synonym: ganek
  8. (obsolete) lavishness, opulence, sumptuousness, showiness
    Synonyms: okazałość, wystawność
  9. (obsolete) exhibit (act of displaying)
    Synonyms: wystawianie, wystawienie
  10. (obsolete, agriculture) shed (farm building, palce for storing agricultural tools)
  11. (obsolete, photography) exposition
    Synonym: ekspozycja
  12. (obsolete, criminal slang) escape
    Synonym: ucieczka



According to Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej (1990), wystawa is one of the most used words in Polish, appearing 4 times in scientific texts, 47 times in news, 19 times in essays, 4 times in fiction, and 4 times in plays, each out of a corpus of 100,000 words, totaling 78 times, making it the 835th most common word in a corpus of 500,000 words.[3]


  1. ^ Boryś, Wiesław (2005) “stawić”, in Słownik etymologiczny języka polskiego (in Polish), Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, →ISBN
  2. ^ Maria Renata Mayenowa, Stanisław Rospond, Witold Taszycki, Stefan Hrabec, Władysław Kuraszkiewicz (2010-2023) “wystawa”, in Słownik Polszczyzny XVI Wieku [A Dictionary of 16th Century Polish]
  3. ^ Ida Kurcz (1990) “wystawa”, in Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej [Frequency dictionary of the Polish language]‎[1] (in Polish), volume 2, Kraków, Warszawa: Polska Akademia Nauk. Instytut Języka Polskiego, page 713

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